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Victory of the Daleks?

‘Victory of the Daleks’ is a generous description of what happens to the Doctor’s direst enemies in Series Five, Episode 3. Perhaps ‘Escape of the Daleks’ would be more accurate as it is only when the Doctor chooses to save planet earth (again) that the new, improved Daleks make their getaway. This was a big […]

One Doctor, Two hearts

According to that most reliable (!) source, wikipedia: “Although Time Lords resemble humans, their physiology differs in some key respects. For example, like other members of his race, the Doctor has two hearts (binary vascular system). The Doctor’s two hearts normally beat at 170 beats per minute.” Rose knows the Doctor has two hearts. “What […]

To be or not to be?……

DOCTOR… ‘…sometimes knowing your own future is what enables you to change it, especially if you’re bloody minded, contradictory and completely unpredictable.’ RORY… ‘So, basically, if you’re Amy, then?’ DOCTOR… ‘Yes, if anyone could defeat pre-destiny, it’s your wife.’ Series 6, Episode 10 is called, ‘The Girl Who Waited’; but Shakespeare was on to something […]

The God Complex.

‘The God Complex’ is the intriguing title of Episode 11 in Series 6 of Doctor Who. At first we might imagine that this refers to the simulated 1980’s style Hotel in which the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves unexpectedly as guests. Indeed the Hotel is complex with rooms and hallways that shift and change […]

Living with a foot in two worlds – with Pete Tyler

We first meet Rose Tyler’s father Pete in an Eccleston episode entitled “Father’s Day” (one of my favourites!). Rose has convinced the Doctor to allow her to travel back in time to meet Pete, who died when Rose was a baby. To the Doctor’s dismay Rose “accidentally” prevents Pete from dying at the appointed time […]

Monsters in the cupboard…

In Series 6, Episode 9, ‘Night Terrors’, the Doctor, Amy and Rory answer a cry for help from eight year old George who is facing another night alone in his room with a cupboard full of monsters. Rory was disappointed when the TARDIS door opened on a council estate in 21st Century London. He says […]

The Beast Below.

In bed above, we’re deep asleep While greater love lies further deep This dream must end This world must know We all depend on the beast below. Amy Pond recites this verse at the end of Ep.2 Ser.5 ‘The Beast Below’ as we catch sight of the eponymous beast. It is unique, I think. Not […]

Amelia Pond: the girl who waited.

In Series Five, Episode One, “The Eleventh Hour, Matt Smith’s first episode as the Doctor, the TARDIS arrives (with him in mid-transformation) crashing into the overgrown garden of Amelia Pond, age seven. He doesn’t know that Amelia has just been saying her prayers (to Santa Claus). “Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls, the pencils […]

Seeking a partner in crime . . . and adventure!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7-8) . . . even the Tardis door! Donna’s second meeting with the Doctor bears testimony to her persistence. In this her second adventure with Tennant’s Doctor, we are introduced to the […]

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